Sunday, September 18, 2005

Latest Pedestrian Tragedies

Latest Pedestrian Tragedies

About 11 a.m. on Saturday, Kantabem Patel, 69, of Bristol Township, was walking across the southbound lanes of New Rodgers Road in the township when a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo struck her, police said. The car was driven by Donald Pick, 68, of Levittown.

Patel, suffering head injuries, was taken to Frankford Hospital-Torresdale Campus, where she died.

Note that pedestrian improvements were supposed to be included in the construction of New Rodgers road, but these improvements were overwhelmed by the highway design of the roadway.

Eric Petzak, an 11th-grader at Academy Park High School, was hit by a SEPTA bus after leaving school in Delaware County. His family is saying that although he did have special needs, he didn't deserve to die the way he did.

According to police, as school let out at about 2:30 p.m., Petzak stepped off the curb at the intersection of Calcon Crook Road and Elmwood Avenue without looking and was struck by the bus. SEPTA contends that the driver was doing the required speed limit of 15 mph, and police said that, for that reason, no charges would be filed.

Several witnesses felt that the bus was travelling faster than 15mph.